Diary of a Madwoman

http://www.seriouslythisreallyhappened.com

The truth about surviving the suicide of my husband, raising our 3 kids alone, getting robbed and kidnapped the morning of the funeral, and learning to live and even LAUGH in spite of it all.

Madwoman is a winner of Top 25 Single Moms - 2013

What's the biggest misconception people have about single parenting?

I don’t think people realize how difficult it really is, especially for the families with younger children who are completely lacking the presence of a father, and don’t have relatives helping out with the children.

What's the most rewarding thing about being a single parent?

Rewarding? If there’s an upside to this gig, then I’m pretty sure I’ve been standing in the wrong line. I’m hoping my reward will be waiting for me in the form of wonderful, well-rounded adults who lavish me with exotic vacations and weekly pampering once they have kids of their own. I’m just praying my selflessness elevates me to that quaint mother-in-law cottage by the sea, rather than the smelly nursing home.

What's the most important thing being a single parent has taught you?

Patience. The patience of a saint. I never considered myself a patient person before being widowed. I would now describe myself as patient. I’m a better parent now. I've also learned to put myself first more often. I often say that the best way to teach my young sons to respect me is to show them that I respect myself as well. I have limits, and they need to respect them.